Question for Jaszewski

Jim Jaszewski jjazz at freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Mon Nov 20 00:30:48 MST 1995


On Sat, 11 Nov 1995, Robert Peter Burns wrote:

> A fundamental principle in logic is the principle
> of non-contradiction--the principle that tells
> us that it is incorrect, illogical to assert a
> logical contradiction.  How could natural science
> investigate, explain, or discover this principle
> --for doesn't every form of rational inquiry,
> including natural science presuppose it?  How
> otherwise could we distinguish good science from
> bad science, rational assertion from irrational
> assertion?  Does not the scientific investigation
> of nature presuppose the very normative validity
> of reason you disdain as the "high-falootin"
> projections of our own speciesist metaphysical
> abstractions?  Or are you quite content to assert
> logical contradictions, Jim?

	This is late, `cause I HATE re-replying after losing a message --
and this is the one I was on when I got locked-out of my email for three
daze (sigh)...

	I believe I've made it clear to Burns that our vocabulary problem
is the major stumbling-block at this time -- progress will best be made on
that front IMO...


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